Sharing and Learning from Failure
Author Tim Harford (@TimHarford) recently shared this article about ResearchGate, a social media site for academics. While many people talk about learning form their failures, ResearchGate is actively encouraging its users to share their unsuccessful work, their experiments that failed, the problems they couldn’t solve. The goal is to bring new eyes to a problem and inform future work.
I doubt other sites will follow suit but what if there was a safe space for sharing those management mistakes. The big failures often end up being dissected in the media or even the Harvard Business Review. But most of us, hopefully, don’t fail on quite so grand a scale. It would be interesting to have other sets of eyes look at a business decision we made that went awry and help see it from a new perspective, increasing the lessons we learned from it. It would have value in a mentoring relationship as well as a way to illustrate that even successful executives have failed in the past and moved past the mistake. The information would be useful for personal and professional growth and perhaps the next time you were faced with a strategic or tactical decision, you could take those other sets of eyes to it as well as your own.